A critical book report on Lawrence Wright's The Looming Tower.
The September 11th terrorist hijackings and attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon caught the United States largely by surprise. Once the dust had settled, and the shock and horror of such an unprecedented event had waned, the American public began to ask questions. Names such as Osama bin Laden, countries such as Afghanistan, and organizations such as Al-Qaeda were brought into the public's consciousness for the first time. Through newspapers, talkback radio and television programs the nation asked why do they hate us so much?' Others, such as those in the government and public service, asked what could we have done to have prevented this?' It is these two burnings questions that Lawrence Wright attempts to answer in The Looming Tower. In his incredibly detailed account of the events leading up to 9/11, Wright narrates the development of Al-Qaeda and it's anti-American philosophy, as well as the efforts of various personalities of the US law enforcement bureaus who attempted to prevent these attacks from occurring. Wright concludes his book by placing the blame for 9/11 on the organizational structure of the law enforcement agencies in the US, as well as on certain individuals within the CIA. While Wright presents some highly persuasive and well researched arguments as to the causes of 9/11, his bias and one-sided approach to certain issues detracts from the readers overall understanding of these events.
Wright's account takes on the form of a biography, narrating the lives of a series of seemingly unconnected individuals to illustrate how Al-Qaeda came to be, and why September 11 occurred. He outlines why the United States were attacked, stringing together events that he believed were crucial in the development of Al-Qaeda's desire to attack America. While Wright develops his argument through the medium of storytelling, his book is fact-checked against hundreds of exhaustingly researched sources, from official intelligence documents to eyewitness statements from those close to bin Laden, some of which the author dedicatedly tracked down himself. One of the great strengths of The Looming Tower is Wright's ability to condense such an immense quantity of information into a story that is not only readable and thrilling, but greatly enhances the readers understanding of the road to 9/11.
Wright's personality driven account begins with a biography of Sayyid Qutb, who he contends founded the Al-Qaeda stream of modern Islamic fundamentalism. It is interesting to learn that Qutb's extremist philosophy, made famous in his manifesto Milestones that would later motivate hundreds of Islamic militants, was born not in Egypt or Saudi Arabia, but in America. After the execution of Qutb, Wright concentrates on two characters heavily influenced by the Muslim scholar, Ayman al-Zawahiri, the Egyptian doctor who became Al Qaeda's planner of operations, and Osama bin Laden, the son of a billionaire Saudi construction magnate and future leader of Al-Qaeda. His book follows these characters from Egypt and Saudi Arabia, to Afghanistan, Sudan and Pakistan, as they lay the groundwork for September 11th. Wright identifies events such as the Afghan resistance to the Soviet invasion, the bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993, the American embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania, and the suicide bombing of the USS Cole as the key milestones on the road to 9/11. Amid this background of events, Wright paints a picture of the inner workings of the FBI, NSA and CIA anti-terrorism groups, concentrating on John O-Neill, the FBI counterterrorism specialist. The author portrays a horrifying series of miscommunications, errors and deliberate withholdings of information that he contends lay at the foundation of the US's failure to prevent 9/11. He interweaves this with a parallel narrative of the equally ineffective Prince Turki al-Faisal, the...
...Political Science - 1
From the moment that terrorists from al-Qaeda crashed the first plane into the Twin
Towers of the World Trade Center a new story began. This new story of international war would
consume America for almost ten years. The LoomingTower by Lawrence Wright is a collection
of stories and vital information that explains the events leading to that clear, blue, fateful
Manhattan morning in September 2001. This book is a clear and gripping account of the life and
times of Osama bin Laden and the reasoning behind his ideologies. This book tells us the story of
Bin Laden from his early days of fighting against the Soviets in Afghanistan, to his re-exile to
Taliban Afghanistan where he plotted the fall of the loomingtowers, to his escape to Tora Bora.
In order to understand Bin Laden’s ideologies, religious beliefs and agenda against
America, the author of The LoomingTower tells us the story of Sayyid Qutb. He seems to have a
lot in common with Bin Laden and came to be a good influence in his path to al-Qaeda. Qutb
opposed Communist and Capitalist systems. He also thought that Christianity was powerless in
comparison to Islam. He believed Islam was a complete system with laws, social codes,
economic rules and its own method of government. Going through the pages of the first...
...LawrenceWright’s, The LoomingTower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11.: Outline
A. An overview of the book
A. Discussion on the issues covered by the book.
III. Conclusion and recommendations
A. This part of the report will cover an overview of the books strengths, weaknesses, and recommendations.
Wright has a special way of explaining things. When reading this book, a reader need not have a background knowledge on terrorism, Wright crafts the book in such a way that it consists of a ten page list of the main characters, fifty pages of notes, a list of interviews held, a bibliography and a clear bibliography for those who would love research the topic more. He also uses pictures of the main characters in the book, so that a reader can see the person being discussed.
The book can be divided into two major parts with the first part focusing on giving the reader a comprehensive background and beginnings of militant Islam and the terror group Al Qaeda. In the book’s first three chapters, the writer writes bibliographies of three important persons. He writes about an Egyptian named Qutb who is seen as the father of militant Islam, he also writes about Zawahri who also is an Egyptian and a co founder of Al Qaeda. The last character in the...
...more per year, Jack still decided to go with The Firm because he felt more comfortable.
Jack started the first day of work as a junior staff member at The Firm with other seven members in his group. The first day was just learning all the “Bearism’s rules”, then after two weeks, Jack got to attend a group training section at The Firm’s national training center. After Jack got back from the training, he is assigned to do audit for the Rineholt Corporation. Jerry Lisbon was the senior in charge of Cement. Jack and Jerry went to the plant to do some audit works. During the audit, Jack found out that there was a problem with the clerk who handled miscellaneous cash receipts because when Jack asked to count the petty cash, she pulled her check book and wrote a $150 check and told Jack to include that check in the petty cash fund also. The clerk has been taken out money from the petty cash fund when she needed and no one ever noticed. She asked Jack not to tell the manager because if they found out, she will be fired. Jack didn’t want to make anyone fired, but he decided that he needed to talk to Jerry about it and he did. Jack has made a good decision.
Jerry had to go back earlier for his bigger client and let Jack took over the rest of the audit works. During his observation of the inventory count, he also found out that the cement inventory manager at the plant was not doing what he was supposed to do. Jerry wasn’t there for him to talk to. Jack went and...
...become successful in his or her life. In the book 7 habits of highly effective teens Sean covey boiled down 7 habits that make a successful teen these habit are some that every teen should want to learn to go on the right path.
Being productive,begin with the end in mind,put first things first think win win seek first to understand synerqize and sharpen the saw were all of the habits for highly effective teens each habit had a different way to show what effective teens had and how they were put to use.
being productive was habit one it show you that to start with change you have to start with yourself habit 2 was to have a mission statement for long term goals number 3 shows putting the most important things roles in life first and make time for them number 4 think win win was to look for disagreements that beneficial and situations that’ll help your life habit 5 is to understand then be understood try to understand other people then be understood habit 6 find trustful communication number 7 take time to help yourself
the book the possibiltes in life that can be avalibile if I practice the 7 habits i need to work on is picking my battles because if you because you walk away from a fight you dont win or lose this showed me also to not become frustrated
and if there is a reason i do to weigh and think of my option the good and bad results
in conclusion Sean conveys book was great and has in effected my life i recommend...
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By Myah Dalton
A riveting dystopian novel with dreamed up characters, Melanie and Wanderer, written into something amazing by Stephanie Myer becomes the extraordinary book, “The Host.” In a land thousands of years from now there is an earth, among this earth is a civilization occupied by human bodies, but their minds are occupied by peacekeeping, for lack of a better word, aliens. They call themselves souls and they live in, basically, a utopian society, where arguing, fighting, dishonesty, and aggression are a foreign topic to the souls, but there is a resistance, a group of humans who are fighting against them. Melanie Stryder is a part of this resistance and when she gets caught, Wanderer is the host inserted inside to find out where the resistance is located. As Melanie strives to keep her loves ones safe, she forces past memories of her lover Jared and her little brother Jamie into Wanderer’s thoughts. Soon, Wanderer is yearning for the relationships that she has never experienced and feels a new desire to protect them also. Melanie and Wanderer abandon the city in search for the love they’re both dying to have. Stephanie showed me that even in the most desperate times; love can fight the hardest battles.
As Melanie and Wanderer travel into the...
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Book title: Eyewitness Companions: Mythology
Author: Philip Wilkinson, Neil Philip
Publisher: Dorling Kindersley
Every human society has its mythology .Across the cultures of the world, there are countless myths and numberless gods and goddesses. The variety of these myths is fascinating, their story is entertaining, and they have inspired artists and writers across the centuries; they are still relevant to us today .Besides, myths provide unique insight into the ideas, religions, values and cultures of the people. If we understand their mythology and we will understand their world. Mythology provide both a pathway into the world of sacred, and a guide to how to live on the world of daily reality .For a society that identifies itself completely with its mythology, every action in this world has an echo in that of the gods.
This book is originally told to explain the mysteries of the world, such as creation, divine will, fertility, death, and love. As myths are a major part of many cultures throughout the world, and each area has its own myth. This book is organized by geographic region, and each myth is placed within the civilization's history and context. The key elements of world mythology, such as the hero, his divine connection, the labyrinth, the initiation, and the transformation, are explored in boxes and features...
...BATANGAS CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
Childhood Interrupted: An analysis
Caryl Mitzi M. Balmes
23 January 2014
Part 1: An Overview
“Childhood Interrupted” based on a true life story of its author herself Kathleen O’ Malley was about the dark life under the hands of a nuns in an orphanage. She was then living in a peace simple life with her mom and sister Sarah Louise until she reached her age of six when the nuns have legally abducted them. It was because when you don’t have a father to support your mother, you’ll be put in an industrial school run by the Sisters of Mercy. They are seized from the confines of their home and forced to work at their young age. They were maltreated by the people of Christ they never thought about. She’s not allowed to talk to each other even to her sister Sarah Louise. They were treated like a slave, don’t eat much and their hands get beaten if they done something wrong. This continues until her sister came up with the plan of escaping the school. One year past, they had successfully escaped and go back to their home. Her mother was filled with joy seeing her two daughters again yet quite shock and disappointed
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